United States Declaration of Independence

1. the first paragraph of the declaration, Jefferson states the reason for the writing of this document. What reason does he give? Jefferson says that it is only moral to explain why we are separating from the crown.

2. Where does a government acquire its power, according to the declaration? Jefferson says that a goverment gets its power from the people.

3. What are the "unalienable rights" that Jefferson states? Jeffereson states that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable.

4. Who or what does Jefferson hold accountable for most of the problems the colonies are suffering through? Jefferson holds account the goverment, and the king, of britian for becoming corrupt.

5. What tone does the final statement of the Declaration of Independence display? is this tone effective in conveying the importance of this document? Why or why not? The tone used for final statement was idealistic and defiant. Yes it is, I believe that it conveys the importance because of how it shows that it was a serouis matter and that we will not be ignored anymore.

6. Jefferson speaks of "the laws of nature and of Nature's God. " What does he mean by this? Give an example of a law that might be contrary to "the laws of nature. "

7.Find and write the dictionary meaning for the word "self-evident. " Jefferson mentions four truths, which he says are "self-evident. " Name these and argue for or against the notion that they are indeed "self-evident. "

8. Find and write the meaning to the phrase "absolute despotism. " Jefferson says it is the "right and duty" of mankind to fight this "absolute despotism. " Why?

9. Compare the tone or attitude expressed towards the British people with that towards King George III. List and explain those words that aid you to understand this tone.

10. Find, list and explain an example of parallel structure in the Declaration of Independence.

11. Most often, well-chosen words and a logical, clear style help a writer to succeed at persuasion. But, if you are dealing with a mature audience, words alone may not always make your case. Evidence is required to prove your case. Jefferson uses concrete details to prove his argument against King George. If you were reading this as an American colonist, which of these details or reasons would be the most persuasive to you?

12. While listing the reasons, Jefferson changes the opening word in his paragraphs from "He" to "For. " What is the purpose of this shift?